Amherst College Paid Interns Help Nonprofits

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

With tutoring experience already under her belt, Tian Buzbee is now getting some practice in the administrative side of education before graduating college prepared for a career teaching math.

The Amherst College student, who will graduate next year, previously tutored math at Holyoke High School and currently is being paid $2,000 as a summer intern in the superintendent's office of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, where she said she's learning about school administration.

The work has also been a financial boost.

"I think it definitely makes a difference because I know I needed a job making money," Buzbee said.

The Amherst internship program, which annually spends about $500,000 endowed by alumni, is unusual. A little more than half of college student interns in 2011 were paid, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. But money for paid internships typically comes from employers, not colleges, spokeswoman Mimi Collins said.

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